Erie County Recycling Convenience Center
By Craig Schill
Want to recycle something you can't put in the curbside bin? Take it to the Erie County Recycling Convenience Center. The center opened in the Spring of 2009, after six months of planning and construction. This center collects everyday items that are slightly less common or more difficult to handle such as: Paint products
Hazardous or flammable materials
Driveway sealers and other oils
Televisions and VCRs
Computers and laptops
Radios and stereos
For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable materials as well as location, date, and registration information, click to view the Erie County Recycling Convenience Center's E-Flyer.
The center first strives to reuse or re-purpose items received for efficiency. In handling paint, each type of paint is separated and sent to a certain location to be either reused or burned for energy. Oil is also frequently collected at the site. Some of this is reused and some is eventually burned for energy. Electronic items are torn apart and different parts are sent to various locations to be handled.
The Erie County Recycling Convenience Center is the first and only one of its kind in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The recycling center is located at 1624 Fillmore Avenue in Millcreek Township. The program has been granted permits by the PA DEP and permit guidelines are strictly adhered to, including worker safety and traffic flow requirements. In order to bring waste in, people must call ahead to reserve a time. Collections are held at least one Saturday of each month between February and December with three to five workers present. However, the Center's hours are not regular. They open at 9 a.m., but only remain open until the last appointment. Please remember to preregister so that the Center knows you are coming and how late to stay open.
Call toll free to make your appointment at (866) 815-0016.
The Center is open to Erie residents only and recyclers should be aware that a small processing fee will be applied depending upon the type of waste brought. There is no longer a flat fee, but there is a charge per pound for hazardous waste and electronics. This small fee pays a fourth of the cost of the recycling center staff and the cost of shipping and preparing materials for recycling. The rest of the center's costs is provided by the County and the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).